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DOJ Report Accuses Albuquerque PD of Excessive Force

April 10, 2014  | 

The Department of Justice has found the Albuquerque Police Department has established a pattern and practice in the use of excessive and fatal force that violates the Constitutional rights of those shot or harmed by police officers, reports the Albuquerque Journal.

In a 46-page letter of findings to Mayor Richard Berry, the DOJ reported, “We have determined that structural and systemic deficiencies — including insufficient oversight, inadequate training and ineffective policies — contributed to the use of unreasonable force.”

The Department of Justice reviewed 20 fatal shootings by Albuquerque Police between 2009 and 2013 and found that in the majority of cases the level of force used was not justified because the person killed by police did not present a threat to police officers or the public. The DOJ also reviewed the use of nonlethal force involving significant harm or injury to people by APD officers and found a similar pattern of excessive force by officers against people who posed no threat and was not justified by the circumstances. Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said in an interview the findings were “pretty disturbing” and that public trust of the department has been eroded.

But the Justice Department said that whether it decides to seek a monitor to oversee changes in the department would depend in part on how willing APD was to make changes. Berry recently called on DOJ to begin negotiations for monitoring of the police department.

Comments (17)

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Man who knows traitors a @ 4/10/2014 6:27 PM

What none of you PAWNS for the NWO and acting as JACK THUGS have anything to say --oh so one big brother hood ? More like when they creeps who pay you fake salaries from same FAKE FED ie Money get tired of using you and I kid you all not from Detectives to foot soldiers on patrol and bring in FOREIGN TROOPS yeah Agenda 21 look it up see how many of your so called brothers will be there protecting you six?

Paladin @ 4/10/2014 6:33 PM

"The Department of Justice reviewed 20 fatal shootings by Albuquerque Police between 2009 and 2013 and found that in the majority of cases the level of force used was not justified".
As a 23 year veteran of Law Enforcement, I find it quite interesting that all the people that voiced/wrote in support of the Albuquerque Police Department's past use of lethal force, are now quiet. Could it be that their own bravado and excessive use of force is now also in question?

nightstalker @ 4/10/2014 8:38 PM

All my life i have been in law-enforcement and been a F.B.I. informant and i am sad to see some police officers abuse there power and make it bad for good cops who go out there and do a good job and dont abuse there badge- pretty sad

nightstalker @ 4/10/2014 8:40 PM

pretty sad day for all good cops out there

Androo @ 4/11/2014 5:36 AM

Long time coming, that's what happens when you have a chief and administrative staff that plays favorites (good ole boy, vatos). Just goes to show you that a collage educated person isn't always the best choice to be a cop. When you get rid of a high stress academy and throw those young panty waist mamas boys out on the street they can' t handle the typical street thug. You really want to see a bunch of whining mamas boys check out EYE ON ALBUQ. those clowns are all cops and stab each other in the back. They are so chicken $&^$ they won't even use their names.

PMLonestar @ 4/11/2014 7:04 AM

Immediately you just believe every thing the FED says. They can do no wrong? All of you here are a bunch of mindless idiots. Probably not a one of you ever been a real street cop.

tedb @ 4/11/2014 8:32 AM

Man who knows: What rock did you crawl out from under? You are an absolute nutjob.
Nightstalker: You spent your whole life in law-enforcement and never passed report writing 101?

R. Tighe @ 4/11/2014 8:51 AM

If there is a use of force problem at Albuquerque PD it definitely needs to be addressed. However, I doubt anything coming out of the DOJ these days, especially when the majority of them seem to know about as much about street level policing as I do about quantum mechanics. I say look at each fatal use of force encounter through the lens of good sense and from the perspective of the officers' involved. We can all Monday morning quarterback any scenario from the comfort of our couches and come to various conclusions based on reports based on statistical norms. Until then we need to watch each others backs and remember that our first calling is to preserve the peace and defend the Constitution.

nightstalker @ 4/11/2014 12:43 PM

Ya tedb, Im a nutjob but who the hell are you so if you hate me or any other good cop than get the Hell of this site as you dont deserve to be in Law-Enforcement!!! I know i did not pass report writing but only you did!!!

TopHarris @ 4/11/2014 1:24 PM

Paladin...before making that leap you have to look at some big picture issues. 1. the 20 fatal shooting do not occur in a vacuum. How many fatal or non fatal shootings were there no excessive force issues? 2. If the findings by DOJ are as significant as this article claims them to be how is there any hesitation in puting them under consent decree or federal oversite? 3. How many uses of force occurred over that period of time, and are there some other factors in the uptick in fatal shootings. 4. what are the details of the DOJ report? 5. DOJ and the Attorney General also provided bogus info re: Begazi. sometimes what they say must be taken with a grain of salt depending on the political climate. I'm not saying there isn't an issue in Albuquerque but there certainly isn't enough info to make the assumptions being made here....My two cents

TopHarris @ 4/11/2014 1:29 PM

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westcoastleo @ 4/11/2014 3:01 PM

What they should do is pull out all of the APD officers and replace them with the DOJ and other Federal slap d---s. Throw them in uniform and have them roll to calls, handle disputes, and all of the other c--p that rolls down the pipe. Have them do it for 5 years, all shifts, all weather, during holidays, etc...
They'd s--t their pants...

Morning Eagle @ 4/12/2014 3:53 AM

Believing ANYTHING that spews forth from holder's DOJ is difficult to say the least. After all, just look how forthcoming his whole chain of command has been after Fast and Furious and other corrupt debacles were exposed to the light. And westcoastleo has a good point because it is a good bet few if any of the doj "investigators" ever served a day on the street doing what real police officers do everyday. Most of them are either attorneys or gophers.

Richard Hightower @ 4/14/2014 6:27 AM

We must always remeber that this is the Department of Justice under Holder in the Obama administration. Anything coming from that source is highly questionable as to both it's veracity and the professionalism. Especially considering that the APD is battling ILLEGAL ALIENS for the most part.

Johnny Law @ 4/14/2014 8:13 AM

This is no surprise at all. I would not have expected anything different from Eric Holder! Same guy that had the video of voter intimidation by Black Panthers with night sticks at voting places but found no crime had been committed! He and that office are a joke. Lets see......Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, Bengazi......nothing done.......yeah thats him!

PMLonestar @ 4/14/2014 8:59 AM

Finally some sensible folks responding on here. Thought for a second this site only had a bunch of non police libtards on it.

Indydep @ 4/16/2014 7:42 AM

Here we go again, everything that has gone wrong in America, blame it on PRESIDENT OBAMA, Eric Holder, and the current administration. Bottom line, fix the problem, and don't give them nothing to complain about. I can't understand how we can flip the script, and not address what the real problem is.

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